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Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves

(703) 292-7349
W 11138
Division Director


Dr. Rosalyn (Roz) Hobson Hargraves is Division Director for the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). The Division of Undergraduate Education, in the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources, strengthens STEM education at two- and four-year colleges and universities. Dr. Hargraves is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University and previously served as an Intermittent Expert for NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources. She began her term as NSF division director for DUE on August 1, 2021.

In addition to STEM education, Dr. Hargraves’ research interests also include diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, machine learning, biomedical signal and image processing, and the role of science and technology in international development. Dr. Hargraves received her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. During her 25 years at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Hargraves co-founded the VCU College of Engineering Department of Electrical Engineering, and has served in numerous leadership roles, including Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, the Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University - University of KwaZulu Natal International Partnership, Associate Dean in the College of Engineering, and Interim Co-chair in the School of Education Department of Teaching and Learning.  

Dr. Hargraves has published over sixty peer reviewed conference and journal publications, been awarded two patents, given over 60 lectures/seminars domestically and internationally and served on expert panels across the United States. She has consulted with private industry in the area of machine learning and co-founded a start-up, SPT (Signal Processing Technologies), based upon her research in biomedical image processing.  She has been awarded sponsored research grants as PI, co-PI, or senior personnel totaling over $25 M from federal, state, foundation, and industrial sources primarily in the area of STEM education and training. Throughout her career she has served on over 80 review committees, conference organizing committees, professional, university, school and department committees. Her professional service has included membership on two National Academies Committees, and she currently is elected to serve on the American Council on Education Council of Fellows board, the Bon Secours Richmond Health System Board, and as a Richmond Memorial Health Foundation Trustee.

Dr. Hargraves has been recognized nationally for her mentoring, teaching, leadership, and diversity initiatives. From 2019-2020 she was one of 38 academic leaders selected for the nationally renowned American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship, the premier comprehensive leadership development program in American higher education. In 2003-2004 she served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development (2003-2004).  Among her numerous awards, she received the 2018 National Association for Ethnic Studies Robert L. Perry Mentoring Award and 2006 Dr. Hargraves was named Engineer of the Year by the Richmond Joint Engineers Council.